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On the Ground Report from Nepal

I want to share an email I just received from Johnson Samuel who is on our Compass team and serving the people of Nepal who are slowly recovering from an earthquake that devastated their country. Here is Johnson’s email:

Dear Howard,

Thank you so much for the prayers generated amongst the Compass family.

At this stage I can only say that I am grateful to God. Most of the believers have lost their homes. But because they were in Church (They have Church service on Saturday morning in Nepal) many lives were saved. Search and Rescue is still on and the power and water supply still not restored.

As communications came to a stand still, we are still not able to assess the full situation. I am still in Kathmandu, and I opted not to be evacuated. God gave me the previlege to help a few, especially in the church where I preached until 10 minutes before the earthquake.

We are still unable to contact Tatopani near Kodari where Compass has worked. The second quake of 6.9 had its epicenter there. Please pray for the situation.

I plan to leave for India today. Hopefully the flight will take off. Tremors are still felt here this morning. I think its aftershocks, but there pretty strong.

God bless,

Johnson

Please continue praying for the people of Nepal and their recovery efforts during this time of crisis.

Blessings,

Howard

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Urgent prayer needed for Nepal

Dear Friend,

As the news has been reporting, the country of Nepal experienced a shattering 7.8 earthquake that left thousands dead or missing. When I first learned of the tragedy, I emailed our Compass India Director, Richard Samuel, to learn about the safety of Johnson Samuel who has often traveled to Nepal the past two years.

 

Here was Richard’s return email: “He is actually right there and he barely escaped……God has been faithful. The house he stayed in the previous day is gone now. But this may be the opening the Gospel needs for moving forward…… we will keep you posted.”

 

Here’s what I know about Nepal from our Compass newsletter last year:

 

It’s a country with a population of 27 million that’s dominated in the north by the Himalayan range with eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on earth, Mount Everest. The annual per-capita income is only $1,000, and travel is very difficult, so there are many needy Nepalese.

 

Until the 1990s, Nepal was the only official Hindu nation in the world. Today it’s a secular state with relative freedom of religion. There are now an estimated 375,000 followers of Jesus, as Nepalese Christians have been faithful in sharing the good news of Christ with their countrymen.

 

Johnson Samuel, COO of Compass India, has pioneered introducing Compass to church leaders in Nepal. The first training was attended by 60 pastors, some walking two days from the mountainous north to learn God’s way of handling money.

 

Please join us in praying for safety of the Nepalese and Johnson Samuel! Also pray for the Lord to provide the necessary food, water, medical care and housing for the people of this great country. And may the Lord use this difficult time to open many hearts to receive Jesus Christ as their savior.

 

Johnson and Compass India have been funding their Compass missionary effort without support outside of India. If you would like to help this effort financially, contact us at 800-525-7000 or visit www.compass1.org and click on Donate and designate the gift to Compass India.

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Tsunami Stones

March 11, 2011, started out like most other uneventful days along Japan’s northeastern shore, until a magnitude 9.0 earthquake unleashed a massive tsunami that left more than 28,000 people missing or dead.

Surprisingly, there were a handful of villages unscathed because they heeded the warnings of ancient “Tsunami Stones.” Some of the stones are almost 10 feet high and bear the carved warning, “Do not build your home below this point.” A few are more than 500 years old and hundreds were erected along the coast to warn future generations of past devastating tsunamis.

In our time, most Japanese living along the coast ignored these ancient stones left by their ancestors. Instead, they built close to the ocean choosing to trust in modern seawalls and sophisticated technology to protect them.

We are faced with an eerily similar situation in our country with our finances. Jeremiah 6:16 warns us, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ But you have said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”

 God’s word—the good ancient path—discourages the use of debt. Romans 13:8 says, Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another.” And Proverbs 22:7 adds, “The borrower is slave to the lender.” Our government, many businesses and individuals consider this kind of thinking old fashion and no longer applicable in a sophisticated country that owes $18 trillion of Federal debt and has increased this debt an average of $2.31 billion a day since 2012.

But for each of us, the question we have to answer is simple. Who I am going to trust—God’s eternal word or the invention of today’s economists and politicians? I believe your financial future rests on your answer.

Warmly in Christ,

Howard Dayton

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